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Native American Comics Creator Showcase: Jay Odjick and Kagagi

Jay Odjick's Native American superhero Kagagi had his own series on APTN and is currently featured at the Heard Museum in Phoenix.
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Kagagi was created by Jay Odjick, Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg, and has already had an eventful life. "Kagagi began initially as a three issue black and white mini-series Jay self published thru his Darkwing Productions banner entitled The Raven," Odjick's website explains. "After publishing three issues, Jay decided to take the character over to Arcana Comics—at that time a newcomer to the comics industry but one that had started strong. ... The graphic novel Kagagi: The Raven came out a few years later; Jay had decided to tweak the character a bit, both in terms of the character's personality and look—Jay's art shifted to a more cartoony style as well as he began to grow more comfortable as a comics creator and artist overall."

Jay Odjick's Kagagi. Source: kagagi.squarespace.com

Next stop: TELEVISION! "The idea of moving Kagagi to film or television was always aa bit of a no brainer to Jay," Odjick's site explains. "Film franchises like Batman and Spider-Man were taking the world by storm, yet no Canadian TV producers had any interest in attempting to develop Kagagi. Other First Nations producers said they were not interested, and one told Jay that he felt it was not a property that networks, including APTN (Aboriginal Peoples Television Network) would have any interest in—which Jay disbelieved. The idea of a First Nations superhero on tv was not dead however; in addition to growing Arcana into the largest comics publisher in Canada, Sean Patrick O'Reilly had established himself as a producer with a wealth of experience and credits to his name. Together, he and Jay launched a new production company and pitched an animated Kagagi series to APTN—who LOVED the idea and got onboard to air the new series."

Here's what that looked like—soundtrack by A Tribe Called Red:

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ADDITIONAL LINKS:
Jay Odjick on Twitter
Heard Museum exhibit "Super Heroes: Art! Action! Adventure!"

Jay Odjick's Kagagi. Source: kagagi.squarespace.com

Jay Odjick's Kagagi. Source: kagagi.squarespace.com

A page from Jay Odjick's 'Kagagi: The Raven'. Source: kagagi.squarespace.com

A page from Jay Odjick's 'Kagagi: The Raven'. Source: kagagi.squarespace.com

A page from Jay Odjick's 'Kagagi: The Raven'. Source: kagagi.squarespace.com